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Kirby's History of World Name Acronyms Explained

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  • Posted on 08th Apr, 2022 18:45 PM

Kirby and the Forgotten Land's world names follow an ongoing series trend, and do more than just describe the areas they are named after.

p>Kirby has just celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land. This game, which is mainly a fresh and new take on the Kirby franchise, does follow a series-long trend. While the trend is nothing game-changing, it serves as more of an Easter Egg for eagle-eyed fans, dating all the way back to 2005.

The trend that Kirby and the Forgotten Land follows is apparent when looking at the names of the game's major areas. Putting together the first letter from each of the game's areas — like Natural Plains and Everbay Coast — actually spells out a message that is indicative of the game's theme. As stated, this trend stretches back to 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse, so it is interesting to see developer HAL Laboratory continue it nearly 20 years later.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land's Hidden Acronym

Kirby and the Forgotten Land's adventure transports Kirby to a whole new dimension. In order to finally return home, Kirby must travel across six worlds and one final area: the Natural Plains, Everbay Coast, Wondaria Remains, Winter Horns, Originull Wasteland, Redgar Forbidden Lands, and the Lab Discovera. These areas all have fitting names, ones that are completely indicative of the types of levels within.

Taking the first letter from the first word of each area (as well as the second word from Lab Discovera) actually spells out NEW WORLD. There is not a more fitting acronym to describe Kirby and the Forgotten Land, as it takes place in, well, a new world. Forgotten Land is by no means the first Kirby game to contain an acronym like this, and it will most likely not be the last.

Kirby's History of Acronyms

Kirby's first acronym dates back to 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse, in which the levels, minus the last, spell out RAINBOW. This is fitting, as players control Kirby in this spin-off by drawing rainbow-colored lines to roll across. The rainbow theme continues in the game's 2015 sequel, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. While not an acronym, the levels are named after all the colors of the rainbow (though not in the typical ROYGBIV order).

Continuing chronologically, 2011's Kirby's Return to Dreamland's worlds, save for the first and the last, spell out CROWNED. Kirby then received a 20th anniversary collection in 2012 titled Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, which contains three bonus levels that spell out HAL, after series developer HAL Laboratory. Next up, 2014's Kirby Triple Deluxe has a world-name acronym that spells out FLOWER, consistent with the game's flower-themed adversaries.

Finally, the two mainline Kirby games preceding Forgotten Land both contain acronyms. 2016's Kirby: Planet Robobot's areas all spell out PROGRAM, befitting of the game's scientific, robotic themes. The first words from the levels in 2018's Kirby: Star Allies world of Planet Popstar spell out FRIEND. The game is centered on allies, so FRIEND fits perfectly.

That is a complete breakdown of hidden world-name acronyms within the Kirby series. Interestingly enough, this trend may only work in English, though. The first katakana character taken from each area in Kirby and the Forgotten Land spells out ネーワホーレラデ, which seemingly does not translate, unless another type of pun or acronym is present that is specific to Japanese. Regardless, it is nice to see HAL Laboratory continue this trend over the course of many years, despite many fans likely not noticing it.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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